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Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation

We advise and support EU policy making through ex-post causal evaluation and data-driven microeconomic analysis.


Policy impact evaluation

Microeconomic Evaluation

The Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation (CC-ME) supports impact evaluation of EU policies by using existing micro-data, which allows to analyse the impact of EU policies on individuals and in small geographical areas in different fields including social, industrial and environmental policies.

The Centre serves as a focal point of reference for support across a wide range of areas of EU policies, by providing advice on data collection and evaluation design, capacity building for the application of counterfactual methods, microeconometric analysis and counterfactual impact evaluation.

It also provides reference to recent evaluations in selected areas.

Quantitative evaluation of EU policies across a variety of socio-economic outcomes could greatly contribute to the Better Regulation Agenda, the European Semester and the targeting of the European Structural Investment Funds.

The following videos briefly describes some of the main Counterfactual Impact Evaluation methods that can be used to establish effectiveness of EU policies or regulations.

1. Randomized controls trials and matching methods

2. Regression discontinuity design

3. Difference in difference

4. Instrumental variables

5. Finding a control group when everybody is treated.


Social policies
Industrial policies
Environmental policies